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About us

We are a small set of barristers from a variety of backgrounds and specialisms. We are dedicated to customer service and reject the ‘stuffy barrister’ persona. We welcome enquiries from solicitors, businesses and members of the public. We offer a free 15-minute initial consultation to explore whether we can help you.

Our philosophy is to:

  • Strive to achieve timely, common sense and practical outcomes
  • Provide cost-effective service without compromising quality
  • Communicate with you in plain English

Please contact Consultant Clerk, John Sizer on:

  • js@cdjs.uk
  • 020 7099 9257
  • 020 7099 2454
  • DX: 143 LDE

A note of caution: many clients leave it to the last minute to consult a lawyer only for the lawyer to find that the client would have had a much stronger case if contact had been made sooner. A lawyer’s most potent contribution can be at an early stage.

Our Services

Traditional services

We continue to provide barristers’ traditional services to solicitors.

Litigation

In addition to this, we can conduct litigation in appropriate cases. This means that we can act in place of a solicitor.

Public access

In cases where it would not be appropriate for us conduct to litigation, we may act for you on a public access basis. This also means without a solicitor. However, rather than conduct the case for you, we will help you conduct your own case by advising, drafting all necessary documents, corresponding for you where appropriate and appearing as an advocate before the relevant court or tribunal.

Non-litigious

Even when litigation is not contemplated, you may sometimes need legal advice or professionally drafted documents. We are happy to advise and to draft contracts, trust instruments, letters, etc, in relation to matters within our fields of expertise.

Mediation

We are trained and experienced in mediation and would be pleased to assist you resolve your disputes by this means, whether relating to business or domestic issues.

Areas of practice

Commercial law

  • Agency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of statutory duty
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contract
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord & tenant
  • Negligence
  • Partnership
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Property
  • Sale of goods & services
  • Trusts & equity

Family

  • Adoption
  • Children - contact
  • Child abduction
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cohabitation
  • Children - residence
  • Matrimonial property
  • Enforcement
  • Public law children
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Children - maintenance
  • International enforcement
  • Divorce
  • Guardianship

Professional Disciplinary Regulation

  • Advice
  • Advocacy
  • Policies and procedures
  • Protection of function and title
  • Guidance

Mediation/negotiation

Acting as mediator/negotiator or representing you in mediation/negotiation.

Our People

David Simpson

David Simpson (Member)

ds@cdjs.uk

David was called to the Bar in 1992, having had a previous career in commerce.

David’s practice is in general civil, chancery and regulatory law, primarily in:...

David Simpson

David Simpson (Member)

ds@cdjs.uk

David was called to the Bar in 1992, having had a previous career in commerce.

David’s practice is in general civil, chancery and regulatory law, primarily in:

  • Contract
  • Negligence and other torts
  • Property
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Trusts
  • Professional regulation

He acts as Legal Assessor to the fitness to practise committees of several professional regulators.

He is also a certified mediator.

Memberships: Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Public Access Bar Association.

Karin Tampion

Karin Tampion (Member)

kt@cdjs.uk

Karin was called to the Bar in 2005, having had a successful career in Information Science and Knowledge Management.

Karin’s practice is in family law, primarily in:...

Karin Tampion

Karin Tampion (Member)

kt@cdjs.uk

Karin was called to the Bar in 2005, having had a successful career in Information Science and Knowledge Management.

Karin’s practice is in family law, primarily in:

  • Private children proceedings: to determine where children live and the terms of contact with their non-resident parent
  • Public children proceedings: care cases
  • Divorce: the procedure and sorting out the joint finances
  • Cohabitation: the issues before, during and after
  • Injunctive relief: where the law helps in protecting the vulnerable
  • Enforcement: making sure that court orders are obeyed

She has a particular interest in international cross-border financial disputes and enforcement, for example, cases under the Maintenance Regulation.

She also specialises in Equity and Trusts.

Memberships: Family Law Association, Criminal Bar Association.

Professor Mark Watson Gandy

Professor Mark Watson Gandy (Associate member)

mwg@cdjs.uk

Mark was called to the Bar in 1990. He is a barrister in independent practice, specialising in banking, insolvency, company law and regulation and has appeared in may high-profile cases...

Professor Mark Watson Gandy

Professor Mark Watson Gandy (Associate member)

mwg@cdjs.uk

Mark was called to the Bar in 1990. He is a barrister in independent practice, specialising in banking, insolvency, company law and regulation and has appeared in may high-profile cases.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster (teaching on their Corporate Finance Law LLM) and a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School (teaching the busiupon what a barrister may diness law elective on their Executive MBA).

He is author of Watson-Gandy on Accounts, Corporate Insolvency Practice: Litigation Practice and Procedure, Personal Insolvency Practice: Litigation Practice and Procedure and the ICAEW Guide Tax Advocacy. He is also contributing Editor of the Company Law volume of Butterworths Corporate Law Service and wrote Tolley’s CRS Company Service Corporate Precedents: Directors.

Mark acts for several accountancy regulators and is Head of Professional Standards for the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

Mandie Lavin

Mandie Lavin (Associate member)

ml@cdjs.uk

Mandie was called to the Bar in 1993, having had a previous career as a senior nurse.

Mandie is an experienced and specialist regulator having regulated a number of different professions including nurses, accountants and pharmacists...

Mandie Lavin

Mandie Lavin (Associate member)

ml@cdjs.uk

Mandie was called to the Bar in 1993, having had a previous career as a senior nurse.

Mandie is an experienced and specialist regulator having regulated a number of different professions including nurses, accountants and pharmacists. She has also worked as the Director of the Bar Standards Board regulating the Bar. Most recently she has been at the helm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives as CEO and has is now CEO of the National Association of Funeral Directors, the lead trade body for the sector.

Public Access

The way barristers work is evolving. Suitably accredited barristers may now accept instructions directly from members of the public and organisations. Depending upon his or her level of accreditation with the Bar Standards Board, a barrister may act without the involvement of a solicitor, either on a public access basis or to conduct litigation. Essentially, a barrister acting on a public access basis may assist you with your litigation but may conduct the litigation for you, if providing litigation services.

There re restriction upon what a barrister may do when acting on a public access basis. A public access barrister may:

  1. Provide legal advice;
  2. Draft documents;
  3. Prepare witness statements;
  4. Advise on the steps to be taken in court, professional disciplinary, or other tribunal proceedings;
  5. Advise on the selection of a legal experts;
  6. Act as an advocate before the court, professional disciplinary or any other tribunal.

The Bar Council's rules prohibit barristers from:

  1. Issuing proceedings or taking formal steps in proceedings on your behalf but a barrister may provide advice at every stage of proceedings and draft all relevant documentation;
  2. Investigate or collect evidence for use in proceedings but a barrister may advise, draft any necessary letters, and settle any necessary witness statements or other documents in this regard;
  3. Instruct an expert witness on your behalf but a barrister may advise on selection and draft necessary letters of instruction;
  4. Take responsibility for handling your affairs, managing you case, or handling your money but a barrister may provide you will all necessary advice and documentation.

Before accepting instructions without the involvement of a solicitor, the barrister will need to be satisfied that you can do whatever the barrister is prohibited from doing (the barrister can advise what to do at each stage), or that you have arranged for another person of suitable competence and experience to provide such services for you. The barrister must assess this issue on a case by case basis and may refuse to take instructions under the public access scheme if it is in your best interests to involve a solicitor.

Litigation services

By conducting litigation, a barrister can do all that a solicitor can do. As well as preparing all documents and providing advice, by conducting litigation, a barrister may:

  • Act as the principle contact for your opponents, third parties and the court;
  • File and serve documents on your behalf;
  • Accept service of documents on your behalf;
  • Gather evidence.

You barrister will assess, on a case by case basis, whether your case is suitable to be conducted by a barrister.

Litigation services
Mediation

Mediation

Litigation is not always the best solution to dispute resolution. Litigation can be drawn out over months, if not years, and is geared to producing a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’. Mediation, on the other hand, are relatively rapid processes which tend to produce an ‘acceptable compromise’. Usually, neither party gets all that they want but neither becomes an out and out loser.

Parties to a dispute are often entrenched in their positions and mistrust each other’s motives. However, communication of their relative positions through an intermediary can produce positive outcomes and sometimes heal broken relationships.

Contact

John Sizer

Chambers of D J Simpson
244-249 Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue
London
EC4Y 0DT

T: 020 7099 9257

F: 020 7099 2454

E: js@cdjs.uk

DX: 143 LDE